Day Trip Discoveries: Nearby trails to explore this summer

Seeking a convenient day hike this summer? Why drive to the Cascade foothills when you can take a surprising variety of close-by trails — and avoid most traffic hassles and major highway repairs. Choose from beach walks and birding trails to tranquil forest loops among these four trails in Everett, Snohomish, Mukilteo and Edmonds/Lynnwood.  Jetty…

Restaurant News: Korean beef soup satisfies on nearby Highway 99

Delicious changes at Traditional Korean Beef Soup The change in ownership at a local establishment last summer had escaped my notice, but how happy I am to have discovered the Traditional Korean Beef Soup– 22929 Highway 99, G-1, in Edmonds. We were greeted by Bonnie Lee as soon as we walked in. Her family now…

South County Politics: Introducing Alderwood Water District candidates in the primary

Alderwood Water and Wastewater District board candidates Charles Liu, Larry Jones and Jeremiah Styles recently sent statements introducing themselves to voters. The three are running on the Aug. 1 primary ballot for the position on the Alderwood Water and Wastewater District board of commissioners that Jones now holds. The top two vote getters in the…

Recommended Reads: ‘Ghostman’ a refreshingly intelligent crime novel

Ghostman by Roger Hobbs A casino robbery in Atlantic City goes horribly sideways, despite all appearances of its intricate planning. The brain behind the operation needs to repair the damage and make it go away. He calls in an old favor from a Ghostman. Occasionally called Jack, Ghostman lives completely off the grid and cannot…

South County Politics: Introductory statements from County Council candidates

Incumbent Democratic Snohomish County Council member Terry Ryan and Republican challenger Marcus Barton recently sent statements introducing themselves to voters. The two are running on the Aug. 1 primary ballot for the County Council District 4 position that Ryan has held for a single four-year term. Each certainly will qualify for the Nov. 7 general-election…

South County Politics: Top-two primary with two candidates tops August ballot

A top-two primary with only two candidates will be the first of three items on the August ballot for Mountlake Terrace and Brier. Democratic Snohomish County Councilmember Terry Ryan and Republican challenger Marcus Barton are running in the only partisan office on 2017 ballots in south Snohomish County. Ryan represents Mountlake Terrace, Brier, Bothell, Mill…

Healthy Eating: Zucchini noodles a nutritious and delicious option

I believe that zucchini is underrated and underused in the kitchen. So many people overcook it and then wonder why they don’t enjoy eating it. Here is a way to use zucchini in a fun way and enjoy it with spring vegetables (or whatever you have on hand or pick up at the Farmer’s Market)….

Day Trip Discoveries: Add a heritage discovery to your summer excursions

Curious about Snohomish County’s history and heritage? A number of heritage sites expand their open hours and/or add special activities during summer months. So warmer weather is an ideal time to include them while on Snohomish excursions ranging from shopping to hiking. Going to Alderwood Mall? Stop off at Lynnwood-Alderwood Manor Heritage Association & Museum,…

South County Politics: Update on who has filed for County Council, non-partisan races

The end of filing for local offices May 19 brought a Republican challenger to a Democratic Snohomish County Councilmember and 60 candidates for 32 non-partisan offices. Democrat Terry Ryan gets Republican challenger for county council seat Democratic Snohomish County Council member Terry Ryan has a challenge from Republican Marcus Barton for the only partisan office…

Playtime: From steel drums to improv, options galore for summer camps

Maybe it’s because the weather has looked like winter since last summer or maybe it’s just what we say each year, but it’s really hard to believe that the end of school is near. There are four weeks and a handful of make-up snow days left before school is out for summer. The older I…

Restaurant News: Outdoor dining in town and nearby

Opportunities abound both in town and not so far out of town, for dining al fresco. The shorter list would be establishments who do NOT have a spot to enjoy our wonderful sunny weather. Sidewalks with sunshine have encouraged most local entrepreneurs to park a few tables where space permits, so diners can catch a few…

South County Politics: One MLT councilmember challenging another, again

Mountlake Terrace City Councilmember Kyoko Matsumoto Wright got an electoral challenge from fellow councilmember Seaun Richards as candidate filing ended May 19, Richards filed against Wright even though Richards is in the middle of his own four-year term that will expire in 2019. Such a move in Mountlake Terrace has happened before. Eight years ago,…

South County Politics: Early filing produces new candidates for local offices

Filing for 2017 local Elections opened Monday, with new candidates for Edmonds School District Board for Fire District 1 Board and for Lynnwood city offices, but not for Mountlake Terrace or Brier city offices. Candidate filing continues until Friday at 4 p.m. Chan is the only Fire District 1 commissioner whose position will be on…

Recommended Reads: Two Simon Wood mysteries that will get under your skin

The One That Got Away by Simon Wood Friends Zoe and Holli take a break from graduate studies for a joyful Las Vegas trip, but end up tragically abducted by a sadistic killer. Zoe escapes with her life, forever changed. She never sees her friend again and this villain wasn’t caught. A year later our…

South County Politics: County Councilmember Ryan to run for re-election

Democrat Terry Ryan, who represents Mountlake Terrace, Brier, Bothell, Mill Creek and the rest of Snohomish County Council District 4, is, so far, the only candidate to register with the state Public Disclosure Commission as a candidate for the position. Registering with the PDC allows a candidate to raise and spend the money for the…

Playtime: Science museum and skate park during Bellingham day trip

Using social media as a parent is like a blessing and a curse to me. Just recently, I’ve felt better to see that the son of someone I went to high school with is also losing his teeth later than most kids, like my son is. On the other hand, I run into things that…

From the Publisher’s Desk: Giving back and looking ahead

During a recent column regarding the ongoing challenges of local journalism, I pledged to donate 10 percent of all subscriptions through April 30 to help students at our two local high schools – Edmonds-Woodway and Mountlake Terrace – who have been selected to perform in this May’s prestigious Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival in New York…

Military Wire: U.S. Veterans Affairs project aims to provide help at community level

In a continued effort to better serve veterans and their families, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Center for Innovation (VACI) joined forces in early April 2017 with Syracuse University and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) for a national pilot. The project is aimed at demonstrating the merits of a community-based health…

Day Trip Discoveries: Waterfall hikes are most spectacular in spring

Enjoy hiking and want a waterfall view as your reward? Snohomish County has more than 20 spectacular waterfalls that can be viewed on hikes in its Cascade foothills. And spring is the best time to see these waterfalls, rushing and roaring with rain and snow melt run-off. Two of the most popular waterfalls are both…